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May 30th, 2009

Brewing reminder

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Hello all you brewing peeps,

Brewing tomorrow, starting at 11:00 am - with grain crushing to begin soon after. We should be done in time for Brian's little shindig thingy, for those who were planning on heading to that.

The voting was much closer than I expected. We have three brews on deck, two of which will be made tomorrow and one which will be done in a smaller, later brewing session. In keeping with our new Inebriati trend towards "control through chaos" I combined several of the ideas into the two here...

1) Honey-mesquite-pod-smoked-hefeweizen
- the warmer temps should really bring out the banana notes!

2) "Blackened Bitterness" Cascade-hopped black ale with something ridiculous from my pantry
- shhh... It's a secret!

Anyway, come by. Eat, drink, be merry. Food and drink welcomed.

Stay Inebriated my friends
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May 16th, 2009

Time to vote

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Hey all,

As the summer approaches, our opportunity to brew begins to wane with the rising temperatures. Ideally, we would like to pump out two more batches before the death-heat. Anyway, not all of the options below are suitable for summer brewing, but I would like to gauge the general interest of all parties as to our various options. Please take a few seconds to vote!

Until then, be inebriated my friends...

Poll #1400979 What's Next?

What is your interest in brewing a hop-heavy beer using last year's crop of hops?

Mean: 5.75 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.62
1
2(16.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(8.3%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
2(16.7%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
2(16.7%)
8
5(41.7%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Of the hoppy recipes below, which would you most like to brew?

Imperial dry-hopped IPA
2(15.4%)
Regular dry-hopped IPA
3(23.1%)
Something hoppy but dark
4(30.8%)
Something ridiculous using what I find in the depths my pantry along with our hops?
4(30.8%)

What is your interest in re-creating a previously brewed recipe?

Mean: 7.77 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.80
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(7.7%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
2(15.4%)
7
3(23.1%)
8
3(23.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
4(30.8%)

Of the previously brewed recipes below, which most appeals to you?

Raspberry Wheat - Raspberry Heaven
3(25.0%)
Chocolate Stout - My Neighbor Cocoa-ro
4(33.3%)
Brown Ale - Drink or Die
1(8.3%)
Scotch Ale - Carboy Beebop
4(33.3%)

How much interest do you have in brewing something using home-smoked malt?

Mean: 7.15 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.96
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(7.7%)
5
3(23.1%)
6
1(7.7%)
7
2(15.4%)
8
2(15.4%)
9
2(15.4%)
10
2(15.4%)

Of the bbq-ish recipes below, which most appeals to you?

Smoked Hefeweizen - think banana's foster
7(58.3%)
Mesquite-Pod Amber - think mild smoke with a fruity sweetness
5(41.7%)
Smoked gruit - which could taste like absolute ass =)
0(0.0%)

How much interst do you have in brewing a coconut-hefeweizen?

Mean: 6.92 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.89
1
1(7.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(7.7%)
4
1(7.7%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
4(30.8%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
2(15.4%)
10
4(30.8%)

How much interest do you have in brewing a mint-stout?

Mean: 6.31 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.43
1
1(7.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
2(15.4%)
5
2(15.4%)
6
1(7.7%)
7
3(23.1%)
8
2(15.4%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
2(15.4%)

We could go simple and do a light English bitter. It certainly would be drinkable. Any interst?

Mean: 5.77 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.15
1
0(0.0%)
2
2(15.4%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(7.7%)
5
3(23.1%)
6
2(15.4%)
7
1(7.7%)
8
3(23.1%)
9
1(7.7%)
10
0(0.0%)

On the other side of the scale, there are lambics. Dry, very sour and having horse-funk notes, a lambic could be intersting... how would you rate your interst?

Mean: 7.15 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.77
1
0(0.0%)
2
2(15.4%)
3
1(7.7%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
1(7.7%)
8
4(30.8%)
9
3(23.1%)
10
2(15.4%)

Finally, what is your interest in brewing a chili-chocolate-cinnamon stout?

Mean: 7.31 Median: 9 Std. Dev 2.61
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(7.7%)
4
2(15.4%)
5
2(15.4%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
1(7.7%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
3(23.1%)
10
4(30.8%)

May 14th, 2009

http://www.lombardparks.com/events.htm
beer events and such....

Lombard -> Lilacia Park Beer Tasting
Age 21 and up
Enjoy a sampling of many types of beer and learn what makes them delicious. The event will feature a selection of beers. Must be 21 to enter and attend the program. No refunds issued after May 2. Keep your confirmation card; it is your admission ticket. Proof of identification will be required upon entry. Smoking is permitted outside the tent. Site: Lilacia Park
Friday 5/15 7 – 9 p.m. $21(locals)/$24

From beermail: http://www.twobrosbrew.com/For%20the%20Love%20of%20Hops!.htm
"Two Brothers Brewing Company is throwing a big-ass party and YOU are invited. Did I mention FREE party? Did I mention it’s a HOP JUICE release party?? Did I mention RARE guest taps?? Did I menti…. Ok, that’s getting annoying. JUNE 6th from Noon till 11pm at Two Brothers Brewing Company!!!! More information can be found here For the Love of Hops Costumes optional."

http://www.binnys.com/blogs/post.cfm/32-tap-beer-meca-coming-to-downers-grove
This is going to be so sweet. Greg I've found your new home.

Anyways if anyone interested, leave an comment or email me....:)

I really need a beer icon... hrm...

May 4th, 2009

While I have no desire to act as a corporate whore, I thought I might pass this along as some of the stuff at the bottom sounds pretty cool... note Two Brothers Hop Juice release party...

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Binny's in Glen Ellyn Beermail!
Wow, last week was hectic! Thanks to those of you who made it out for our Big Taste Low Alcohol tasting. It was another fun one, and it was great to see even some of the most beer savy customers find something they hadn't tried before.
AAAAAAAND, don't forget TONY MAGEE, owner of LAGUNITAS, will be here on Friday, May 8th , from 2-3PM to sign bottles, sample some beer, and tell the story of his labels! YAY!

New Brews! (the main reason you open these e-mails)
Abbaye de St. Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Trousseau Oak aged verson of the #2 Bié re de Garde on Beeradvocate.com: two versions, #3 & #5, “Very Limited Edition”
Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA
Tyranena Headless Man Amber Alt
Tyranena Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale
Tyranena Scurvy IPA (Brewers Gone Wild Beer!)
Brewdog Dogma Ale
Lagunitas Correction Ale 2009 (Have it signed by Tony MaGee!)
Boulder Sweaty Betty Blonde Ale
Allagash Confluence Ale 2009
Southern Tier Mokah Imperial Stout (Combo of Jah'Va & Choklat!)
ReaperAle Sleighor IIPA (B+ IIPA on Beeradvocate.com, for $6.99!)
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille (Personal Favorite Lambic, & under $10!)
Lomza Premium Lager
Birrifico del Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout with Chili (Fun new Italian Beer from B. United!)
Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale
Redhook Slim Chance Light Blonde Ale
Summit Horizon Red Ale
In Store Specials! (what you don't see in the Trib Ad)
Just about every American Microbrew in the store.... wow...
Events
Yay for free or low cost opportunities to try new beers (and then come to Binny's Glen Ellyn, and buy them!)

MEET LAGUNITAS BREWMASTER TONY MAGEE
Friday, May 8, 2:00-3:00pm @ Binny's in Glen Ellyn
Meet Brewmaster Tony Magee of Lagunitas Brewery for a bottle signing and sample an array of fantastic beers from this premier California Craft Beer producer. FREE admission.
Call (630)545-2550 for more information.

BEST OF THE MIDWEST BEER TASTING
Saturday, May 9, 1:00-4:00pm @ Binny's in Skokie
Taste over 25 beers from some of the finest micro-breweries in the midwest, including Goose Island and Two Brothers. Find out why the Midwest boasts some of the best beer in the world! $5 W/Binny's Card / $10 non-members.
Call (847)674-4200 or email skokie@binnys.com for reservations.

GRAND BEER TASTING
Saturday, May 16, 1:00-4:00pm @ Binny's in Highland Park
Taste over 80 selections in one of our biggest beer tastings of the year! Sample some of our favorite beers from the U.S., Germany, England and Belgium. $5 W/Binny's Card / $10 non-members.
Call (847)831-5400 or email highlandpark@binnys.com for reservations.

BEER AND CHEESE PAIRING
Thursday, May 28, 5:00-8:00pm
Taste 10 beers specially selected to pair with fine cheese from our Gourmet Grocery! Our experts have gotten together to show what a great combination the right beer and cheese can be! $5 W/Binny's Card / $10 non-members.
Call (630)654-0988 or email willowbrook@binnys.com for reservations.

BEST OF THE U.S.A. BEER TASTING
Saturday, May 30, 1:00-4:00pm @ Binny's in Des Plaines
Taste over 50 domestic beers including some of the newest, most sought after bottling's! This is a great opportunity to find new favorites and discover the dynamic changes taking place in domestic beer. $5 W/Binny's Card / $10 non-members.
Call (847)956-1000 or email desplaines@binnys.com for reservations.

THE WORLD OF BEERS
Friday, June 5, 6:00-8:00pm @ Binny’s in Naperville
Taste over 40 premium beers from around the world perfect for your summer festivities! Food will be provided by Braconi's of Naperville. Proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Humane Society. $10 Binny's Card members / $15 non-members.
Call (630)717-0100 or email naperville@binnys.com for reservations.

HOP JUICE 2009 RELEASE PARTY
Saturday, June 6th, 12:00-11:00PM @ the Two Brothers Parking Lot
Listed fun includes Great Food, Live Music, and Dunking the Brewers for Charity. Oh, and Hop Juice, lots and lots of Hop Juice. Free Admission!
Call (630)393-2337 for information
Always look forward to talking beer, come by and say hi.
Cheers!


Anthony Gerdt
Customer Service Manager, Beer Buyer
Binny's Beverage Depot, Glen Ellyn - 21
(630) 545-2550

April 20th, 2009

tasting glasses

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So I was thinking that there may be a few people out there who lack nice beer-sampling glasses for events like DLD or thirst firsday at goose island.

I wandered around on-line and found two options that might work well - cheap, low in volume and able to be hung from one's neck when drunk (the wearer that is)

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/libbey-5003-frankfurt-4-oz-beer-sampler-24-cs/5515003.html

This option has two advantages and one disadvantage.
1) Good = it is 2 inches across which is the perfect diameter for assessing color, turbidity and other visual aspects of a beer.
2) Good = it is not top-heavy and would hang upright if it were attached to a lanyard.
3) Bad = the shape is terrible for assessing aroma


http://www.inkhead.com/drinkware/custom-glassware-stemware/brandy-snifters/libbey-brandy-snifter-6oz_pv-14473-0.html

This option has one advantage and two disadvantages.
1) Good = The shape is perfect for assessing aroma (and best for Belgians)
2) Bad = It is top-heavy and will have a tendency to hang sideways or upside-down when attached to a lanyard.
3) It is somewhat more breakable than the frankfort mug (although not too bad).

The frankfort mug is somewhat cheaper per unit than the snifter. Both can be silk-screened with our logo. I could not find the ones that were given out at the Belgian Beer Festival, but I'm sure they are out there somewhere. Feel free to look around for other options.

I also found this, which could be useful and offer work for an enterprising sewer. Might I suggest fewer flowers though?

http://www.handmade-by-julia.com/tasting_glass_neck_holder

April 6th, 2009

Hey all, on this site http://www.beertown.org/homebrewing/listings.asp there is a listing of Illinois Brew Clubs, and one of them has another interesting take on the Illuminati.

See here: http://aleuminati.ning.com/group/aleuminatialechemists

March 30th, 2009

I found this thread on BeerAdvocate about "What does it take to sell your beer". You may need to login to see it.

http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1930056

March 24th, 2009

As of now, I have no way to access Homestead.  This means I can't update and/or design the Hentai Brau website.  The reason for this is Homestead was not designed for modern computers, and I just got upgraded to a new a computer.  The same thing happened to Doug awhile back when he got his.  My old computer is now downstairs as a server for a network so Doug and I can share files for the filmwork we do.  This means I can access the Hentai Brau files downstairs to get them off but, realistically speaking, updating and designing the site is impossible (the monitor is literally in an old hutch, and the mouse and keyboard on the floor).

However...

Mike (last seen on James' floor) tells me that he can rebuild the site using Dreamweaver.  He said judging by the looks of what I did, it should be relatively easy.  As he said, "It's a shit system you were forced to work with.  I'm surprised you did as much as you did.  Doing a knock off shouldn't be that difficult for what you need, since most of it looks static."  He said he'll even do it for free because he wants more experience.  In fact, when I told him we wanted someone to do this from the beginning, he asked me why I never asked him before.  I told him Doug told me no one would want to, cause everyone was busy with "That Guy Dot Com."  To which Mike says, "You know better than to trust Doug, don't you?"  Live and learn.  And then smack Doug.

I told him that all I needed was some place (registered domain name) to go to by Dark Lord Day.  He said he could get some stuff done by then.  I said I didn't care if it was just a sign that said UNDER CONSTRUCTION, just so long as there was someplace to go to that's listed on our business cards.

So that's that.

Next order of business: Labels.

Just for the record, I have reinstalled Photoshop and found the source/raw materials for the labels.  I need to grab the templates from the old machine.  But by the end of the week, I should have those.  So we SHOULD have three new labels ready to go for Dark Lord Day.  Note: The Wedding Beer will not have the Steve and Teri wedding label.  I'd rather wait for the wedding for that.  Plus, I doubt anyone will know who the hell these two random faces are on the front of the beer.  I will have a similar, Berserk themed label instead with the original anime characters.

Finally: Business cards and the Future of the Hentai Brau name.


I am now throwing my support behind the "we may not want to go with Hentai Brau" lot.  However, I admit it's so ingrained now, and so much a part of who we are as homebrewers, that ditching the label just seems wrong.  It is, for better or worse, OUR SCHTICK.  So what do we do?  I thought long and hard and came up with the only solution that makes sense to me.  That's not to say there may not be better ones, but this is the best half assed idea "I" can come up with, anyway.

Right now it seems most of us, or our friends, are starting their own homebrew spin-offs.  Two of them are doing beer and soft drinks.  One of them we met at Dark Lord Day.  I know Greg has coworkers or friends also working on things.  And if we pass business cards out, we might have other people interested in joining us -- and who knows if or what they're brewing already?  Obviously, we couldn't call all of that Hentai Brau anyway.  So what if we formed a larger umbrella beer club that encompassed all of us?  As such, Hentai Brau would a SUBDIVISION of this organization.  That way, we could still keep the name and the beer labels.  But if anyone asked us what our club or brewer's group was, we could call it something else -- something that includes multiple homebrew labels?  The name of this club would be what appears on our business cards.  Also, it wouldn't be copyrighted, like all the anime stuff.  So maybe we'd have room to make a buck if we ever wanted to.

As for possible suggestions, my only idea is The Bruids (or The Order of the Bruids, if you wanna sound fancy).  Originally, it started as a joke on St. Patty's Day, but now that I think about it, the name has a nice ring.  As a possible logo for the business card, I'd probably go for a variation on the celtic trinity knot (as seen on this shot glass).  Something about it vaguely reminds me of a hop leaf.  Though if someone can think of something better, I'm all for that too.

Anyway, I discussed this with J and Patty over the weekend, and they seemed to like it.  I'd like to know what the rest of the group thinks, cause I can' really do much of anything until we come up with an agreement.  Other input is greatly appreciated.  Anyone with better ideas -- feel free!  But we should come to a concensus soon with Dark Lord Day coming up.

There it is.

Discuss!  :-)

March 17th, 2009

I have failed to purchase Dark Lord Tickets. They sold out within 4 hours. Did anyone manage to snag any? I liked waiting in line for three hours better.
Stupid me.  Only on the way home did I realize that the answer to the pine ale was staring us in the face.  We suggested Treegun (a la Trigun).  But I had a feeling we could do one better.  Then it hit me... DUH... WOLFWOOD!  The enigmatic priest character from Trigun who hauls a cross filled with "God's mercy" -- which, in this case, apparently means a $#*+ load of guns.

So here's what I got.  Correct me if I'm wrong...

1. Here Comes the Brau 3: Return of the Brau* -- otherwise known as "Berserker-brau."

2. Kimagure Orange Wheat

3. Treegun: Wolfwood Ale

Sehr gut?

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* = For those who didn't know, I unnofficially called the second Wedding Brau "The Brau Strikes Back"  as a temp name for the longest time.  So I figured that makes the third one "Return of the Brau."  Which I suppose makes Scott and Aimee's Wedding Brau "A New Hop."

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